I got a holistic massage and went on a mini vacation.

Last week Friday I got my first ever holistic massage by Ellen. I admit I was a little skeptical and I didn’t really know what a holistic massage entails, but I was determined to go ahead and keep an open mind.

What is a holistic massage?

Holistic massage is an ancient method of healing that clears the lymphatic drainage system and releases toxins from the body. By recognizing that illness and stress affects not only our physical but also our emotional, spiritual and mental well-being, holistic massage allows the body’s natural healing abilities to come forth and balance the entire body as a whole.


I visited Ellen and was immediately greeted with a warm smile. I went into her practice room which was small, warm and very calm. I noticed how quiet outside was too. Ellen offered me tea and I chose melon.

Just like old friends would; we sat and spoke.  We asked mutual questions and got to know one another. Ellen asked me if I had any areas of my body that pained me and do I have any emotional stresses.  I answered about one reoccurring pain I had in my lower back, which would come and go without any particular reason.

Ellen also made me feel super comfortable and told me about her practice, holistic massage and what to expect.

The massage

I got undressed and laid on the table with my back towards Ellen. She proceeded to lay warm towels all over my body, which felt incredibly relaxing. Ellen started by gently pressing her hands on my body and spoke very softly and encouraged deep breathing. I was told to try to clear my mind and it was working. I was suddenly having an outer body experience.

I grounded myself and was very aware of Ellen’s touch. I was told to ‘follow’ her hands with my mind. Ellen removed the towels and started to massage me, using oils (non-greasy) and stroking techniques.

Suddenly my reoccurring back pain decided to show its ugly head, and Ellen stroked that area and within seconds the pain had stopped. With the pain gone, and my focus put firmly back into Ellen’s hands and touch; I was gone.

The only way I can describe this experience, is like a mini vacation. My mind had completely emptied itself. I left the massage feeling calm, renewed and invigorated and the feeling lasted for a few days. It was as if nothing else mattered in the world. (This was a mini vacation without all the holiday costs!)  I had a full body massage and it was one of the best experiences I ever had.

This massage is good for people who think they are too busy for this experience.

It is such a shame Ellen isn’t up for adoption. *sigh*


Good to know:


Ellen speaks very good English – so you don’t need to worry about fluffing up your Dutch.

I recommend at least a 45 minute massage.

If you have any allergies to oils let Ellen know in advance.

Very good travel connections, lots of parking in the area. The bus 50 drops you off nearby and is a 2/3 minute walk. From the center of Haarlem it is a 30 minute bicycle ride.

Getting undressed is your choice, but I recommend that you do.

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